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Verstappen Falters, Russell Soars: Austrian GP Delivers Shocking Twist

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George Russell totally nailed it at the Austrian Grand Prix, snagging his second-ever win and giving Mercedes their first taste of victory in a whopping 33 races! It was a total circus out there with cars zooming and smashing all over the place, especially with Max Verstappen and Lando Norris getting into a nasty crash near the end (they are anything right now but upholding a friendship). That’s when luck swung Russell’s way, letting him drive like a boss and grab the win. What a race, huh?

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Key Stats from the Austrian Grand Prix

StatDetail
WinnerGeorge Russell (Mercedes)
Margin of Victory1.906 seconds (2nd Closest Finish of 2024)
PodiumRussell (1st), Oscar Piastri (Alpine, 2nd), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari, 3rd)
Mercedes Win DroughtEnded after 33 races (Last Win: Russell – 2022 Sao Paulo GP)
Verstappen’s PerformanceP5 finish, ending a streak of 5 consecutive podiums at Red Bull Ring
Haas’ Best ResultHulkenberg P6, Magnussen P8 (Best Two-Car Finish Since 2022 Austria)

Russell’s Redemption and Merc’s Comeback

Man, Russell totally nailed it at the front of the race! But we gotta give props to his smart driving all the way through. He was basically breathing down Piastri’s neck with only a 1.906-second lead which is like super tight! This win is huge for Merc because, let’s face it, they’ve been having a rough time keeping up with the big dogs, Red Bull and Ferrari, at the start of the 2024 season.

Other Notable Race Moments

  • Lewis Hamilton’s comeback is looking pretty solid with another P4 finish. He just made it three top-four spots in a row.
  • Nico Hulkenberg had a killer race with Haas, snagging P6, which is their best performance since like, forever, well, actually since 2019, I must say.
  • Sergio Perez is still waiting for that podium love, now at six races without it.
  • And oh no, McLaren had a rough one with Lando Norris’ car giving up the ghost for their first DNF of the season. But hey, Daniel Ricciardo brought home some points for Red Bull, so not all bad news!

Stay tuned for the 2024 BRITISH GP on 7th July!

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